Animal protection charity OneKind has today (Friday 4 May) welcomed the launch of a public consultation on responsible dog ownership in Scotland.
The consultation has been launched by Christine Grahame SNP MSP ahead of her proposed Member’s Bill in the Scottish Parliament. The Bill aims to encourage people to only buy dogs from reputable breeders and not from puppy farms, where dogs are often sold with preventable diseases, painful conditions, and long-term behavioural problems.
Libby Anderson, Policy Advisor at OneKind said:
“OneKind is delighted to support Christine Grahame’s Bill, which offers practical solutions to a trade that often treats young animals more like goods than sentient individuals. Both sellers and buyers need to provide for their puppies’ welfare, but at the same time it’s essential they check that the other party is equally caring and responsible.”
The proposals outlined in the consultation include:
– reducing the threshold for licensing breeders to three litters produced per year for sale,
– introducing registration for sales by people breeding fewer than three litters per year for sale
– including transfers other than sales within the regulatory regime, and
– placing responsibility on both purchaser and vendor to be satisfied that the other party can meet appropriate welfare standards, using a checklist or contract system.
The proposals also include plans to reduce the threshold for a breeding licence to three litters a year.
Libby Anderson continued:
“The current threshold for requiring a dog breeding licence is five litters a year. OneKind has been calling for this to be reduced to two litters, so the proposed reduction to three is a step in the right direction.”
Last year, OneKind released a detailed report on the puppy trade in Scotland, along its own eight-point plan to protect puppies in Scotland. The plan includes a ban on third-party sales of dogs, mandatory standards for internet sales, a recommendation that every commercial sale should be subject to licence or registration, and a formal puppy warranty.
Notes to editor:
- OneKind is a Scottish animal protection charity working to end cruelty to Scotland’s animals.
- Read OneKind’s report, Scotland’s Puppy Profiteers here.